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Not So Solid South: Democratic Party Survives In Rural Elliott County, Kentucky


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JL
- 435 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
In 2012, Elliott became the last county to vote Democratic -- not just in Kentucky, but among all predominantly white counties in the rural South.



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Susan G. (54)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:45 am
Interesting thank you JL!
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 11:51 am
You are welcome Susan!
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 12:50 pm
When Johnson signed the Civil Rights legislation, he knew it would cost, but did the right thing (I know, he was mostly a jerk, but he does deserve credit for that). But i'm not convinced the loss was that much of a loss. Would progressives really be helped by an influx of Southern Democrats intot he Democratic Party, since we would still be divided on issues? Would it help if Mitch McConnell were registered Democratic instead of Republican? He would still be Mitch McConnell.
 

David C. (29)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 12:52 pm
thank you JL
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 12:57 pm
You are welcome David.
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Carol D. (104)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 1:19 pm
noted thanks
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 2:21 pm
You are welcome Carol
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:17 pm

Politicians
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 3:19 pm
Thanks for posting the video link Terry
 

cathie S. (148)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:04 pm
THANK YOU
 

JL A. (272)
Sunday May 12, 2013, 10:06 pm
You are welcome Cat
 

Lynn D. (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:05 am
Interesting information, thanks!
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday May 13, 2013, 2:21 am
Nice article, thank you.
 

Fran away F. (110)
Monday May 13, 2013, 3:08 am
Very interesting and informative. I am glad that this county has so far held out against the red tide. But it would be better for us all if they realized that the ultra-right is manipulating them on the issues of abortion rights and gay marriage. Perhaps they will see it eventually, but by then it may be too late to resurrect democracy. Thank you, JL.
 

Fi T. (16)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:13 am
They can also voice out
 

paul m. (93)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:36 am

Noted..
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:08 am
You are welcome Lynn, Gloria and Fran.
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Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:28 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
 

JL A. (272)
Monday May 13, 2013, 9:12 am
You are welcome Laura
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday May 13, 2013, 1:57 pm
Noted.
 

Mitchell D. (129)
Monday May 13, 2013, 7:00 pm
So, it seems to me that the loss of the"Solid South" has to do with the sort of issues over which the Civil War was fought; not specifically slavery or states rights, not maintaining the literal unity of the country, but issues regarding various views on equality (a friend of mine looked into moving to Georgia and was amazed at the lingering racial hatred sustained by whites).
That Ronald Reagan started his 1980 campaign where he did was most probably a very dark decision,it seems, and the polarization of the politics, wealth and religion,in this country can more clearly, to me, be tied to his presidency.
 

Jude Hand (58)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 2:57 pm
Noted. Interesting take on it. I'm a 'damned Yankee' on southern turf for almost a quarter of a century and still trying to figure it out. I think that leaving the opportunities within the Democratic party behind is an unfortunate trend for the south. Back to reality for a moment, just today, my Democratic Senator has a piece in his email that shared that my state is above the national average in its hunger stats (meaning, a lot more going hungry here than in most other states). The Republican Governor is fighting all programs that help low income citizens. What can you do when your leader has access to money and services and chooses not to take advantage of it? And so it goes....Money talks, apparently louder than I ever thought. Get a "rich, successful person" to slam the government, slam the leaders not preferred and people without money will all too often listen.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday May 14, 2013, 9:56 pm
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Sherri G. (111)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:34 am
Wonderful story. TY JL. my Granny in a quaint little town Hazel that has been called Hazel KY and the Hazel TN. I've done our family tree and find this information most interesting.
 

David Johnson (15)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 6:28 am
Thanks for the amazing story!
 
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